The 7th edition of the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature
will enter into force on January 1, 2022.
Why is this important to your business?
The Harmonized System (HS)
nomenclature allows for goods to uniformly be imported and exported
to/from countries around the globe, 211 economies participate in this
system. The Harmonized System allows for customs tariffs international
trade statistics to be tracked and reported as goods flow throughout
the global supply chain.
The 7th edition of the HS will include 351 amendments to
the current system according to the World Customs Organization.
Some of the major changes include classifications that deal with
advancing technology, health & safety equipment, and society protections.
Technological advances are occurring daily. Thus, current heading
classifications and provisions are not able to properly track new
technology that is being created and traded around the world. Updated
2022 HS provisions and classifications will include e-waste, tobacco
products, drones, smartphones, and other multifunctional devices.
Health & Safety Equipment
Recent years have highlighted the need for a quicker and more
streamlined way to deploy tools that help diagnose and treat
infectious diseases. Classification for these tools has been
simplified and provisions have been put into place in the
7th edition for supporting medical research occurring on a
Protecting Society from Dual-Use Goods
The World Customs Organization has increased its efforts to combat
world terrorism. Subheadings within the HS have been created for
dual-use goods that could potentially be converted to an unauthorized
use product such as an explosive device.
Conventions & Clarifications
A number of goods controlled by global Conventions such as chemicals
controlled under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Rotterdam
Convention to name a few, have also been updated and reflect
clarifications of verbiage to ease the process in classifying products correctly.
Van Andel Global Trade Center recommends companies review the United
States HS for 2022 and be ready for any changes that may be
implemented on January 1, 2022, that could impact the products your
business buys and sells globally. Communicate 2022 changes to
suppliers, export customers, dealers/distributors, customs brokers,
and international freight forwarders. In some cases, it may be
beneficial to obtain binding rulings from Customs to ensure there are
no issues/delays moving goods around the world.
official announcement from the World Customs Organization of
amendments effective January 1, 2022, can be found here.
By Michele Minghetti
“I could fill volumes with the time spent here in Rome. I could
write books about all the people I have met, the adventures I’ve
experienced. And I ask myself: What about them? All the new faces
I’ve encountered, the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made. Would
I appear in their books? Would there be a chapter about me? A page?
Or at least a sentence?” - Alice Minghetti
When visiting a new country and a new city, especially one
such as Rome it is easy to get lost in the sprawling views, rich
history, and beautiful architecture that can be found around every
corner. Italy is a country that everyone should experience at least
once in their lifetime! Italian culture offers travelers the
opportunity to escape their daily routines and immerse themselves in a
lifestyle focused on slowing down and enjoying life, delicious food,
and the people who surround them.
Having grown up visiting family in northern Italy near
Bologna, I found myself presented with an opportunity to travel to
Rome one summer to visit my sister, who had moved to Rome the year
before. Spending so much time with my sister, in such a beautiful city
turned into one of the best experiences of my life. We often reflect
on that time spent and together have come up with some essential
insights to make note of before visiting, working, living, or doing
business in Rome or Italy in general.
Most Importantly When in Rome…
Keep your eyes open for wonder. Rome offers wonders
in every street, at every corner, in every Piazza
. Take your time to appreciate them.
Get lost every once in a while. You will end up in
unexpected and wondrous places.
- You are never late in Rome (
- There is no point in leaving the house before 9:30 am since most
places open around 10, some even at 11.
Making Friends in Italy
- 99% of the time there is no need to rush. No one is on time
anyway. Appointments by time are only rough estimates.
- If no one listens to you, just repeat what you said in a louder voice.
- Italians like to talk. A lot. Especially about themselves.
- Thank the bus driver/waiter/cashier/barman. They will remember
you. Always thank the host.
- Greet your neighbors and offer to help with the groceries.
- Let people join your table.
- Offer caffè to friends. It’s a pleasure (almost an honor).
- Once in a while pay for your friend’s pizza. For the simple reason
that you want to.
- There is good pizza and exceptionally good pizza.
- It’s socially acceptable to eat gelato more than once a day.
- Local markets have the best quality. Don’t get ripped off and
beware of the old ladies, they are witches in cutting lines.
- There is always time for a coffee. Even if lectures start in five
minutes, chances are you will meet your professor at the bar,
stirring sugar in his espresso without the slightest hint of a hurry.
- Serve white wine with fish and antipasti, red wine with the meal,
digestive after dessert.
- Don’t fill up on bread. There is better still to come.
- Learn to know your barman. Compliment food and coffee.
- Talk to the waiters. It will be worth it (usually in the shape of
free Limoncello). Be friendly, always.
- Learn to order real coffee. Evolve from cappuccino to caffè
macchiato to caffè amaro.
Getting Around the City
- Walking may often be faster than public transport.
- Traffic lights and street signals are only suggestions.
- If you want the bus to stop, you need to give a clear signal.
- Don’t wait for the cars to stop. You will wait indefinitely. Cross
the street but never run.
- If you have the right of way, take it. Take it even if you don’t
- Toilets don’t flush and locked bathrooms are a privilege.
- Watch out for pigeons and seagulls.
- If a street artist makes you stop you owe him spare change. Always
listen, beauty surrounds you in unexpected places.
- Don’t wear high heels if you plan on walking in the city center
- Roundabouts become parking spaces at night.
- Strikes of public transport are custom.
- Swearing is accepted.
- Light a candle when you visit a church. For your friends of the
past, your loved ones, your departed, and the friends of the future.
- Keep some cash with you at all times, not every store or shop
- For an accurate weather forecast check what the Bangla are selling.
- And my personal favorite: Life is too short not to eat Gelato. Try
Have you traveled to Italy or Rome? What have we missed? Join us
virtually on September 29, 2021, for Navigating Italy! We will discuss
various aspects of Italy's culture from business meetings and
gift-giving to communication and negotiating tactics, and more! Visit Van Andel Global Trade Center's
Events page to register
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Graduate Assistant, GVSU's Van Andel Global Trade Center
Half Italian and half American, Michele, grew up in a trilingual
household and has spent much time both traveling and working in Italy.
Michele is an independent and self-motivated international graduate
student from Switzerland. With a diverse international background and
global mindset, he has a proven ability to build strong intercultural
relationships. Michele is an extremely active individual with a
passion for sports. He spends his free time exploring nature, reading,
running, and skiing. He also enjoys cooking/baking his nonna’s
(grandmother's) recipes. Particularly, as recipes and cookbooks from
Italian matriarchs are among the most passionately contested objects
upon the death of an Italian grandmother—all of his siblings have one,
and they treasure them, especially if they include family recipes or
handwritten messages from "nonna."
Michele has earned his Bachelor of Science degree in International
Management with a concentration in International Entrepreneurship and
a Master’s degree in International Business in Switzerland. He is
currently pursuing his MBA degree at the Seidman College of Business,
at Grand Valley State University.